Shigaite on Rhodochrosite
N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature, 3.2 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm
Ex. Charlie Key
A beautiful specimen, complete 360 degrees, hosting a translucent 2 cm shigaite perched on sparkly rhodo crystals! This is a piece of major importance in the world of rarities, and Charlie felt that for combination of size and aesthetics it was the best miniature from the find of the early 1980s that he could keep in his suite of personal Kalahari rarities of miniature size - this was in fact the pride of the collection, I'd say. It is NOT the fragile, thin, disclike crystal you expect to see form looking at the recently mined material. It is very thick, sturdy, and easily packed for shipping. Although a "toenail" size, it is important enough to take its place in a miiatures or rarities suite of stature, and is really irreplaceable.